With over one million visitors a year, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is one of the most popular museums in the country. It is renowned for its encyclopedic collection featuring over 41,000 works of art – the only one of its kind in Canada – and its original temporary exhibitions. Explore its four pavilions, including the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art, which showcases over one hundred Inuit and Aboriginal works of art.
The Inuit Art collection, which takes up the entire fourth level of the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art, bears witness to the Inuit artistic practice, past and present. It illustrates how the Inuit identity draws on both ancient legends and modern-day changes to their way of life.
On Level 3, early and contemporary Aboriginal Art is showcased in the Founding Identities gallery, highlighting the critical and introspective perspectives of the First Nations regarding their contact with Europeans.
To get even more out of your visit, pick up an MMFA audioguide and listen to comments on 75 key works in the collection of Quebec and Canadian art, excerpts from interviews with artists from the CBC archives, as well as musical selections. There is a regular schedule of guided tours of the collection offered by the Museum’s Volunteer Guides.
You can also check out the Museum’s virtual exhibition, Discover Quebec & Canadian Art (mbam.qc.ca/educart). Whether you’re looking to document a project, find inspiration, prepare for a visit or simply have fun, you’ll find everything you need! The publication Quebec and Canadian Art: The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Collection is another fabulous reference tool.
The Museum offers a host of creative wordshops and cultural activities for the whole family in connection with the Museum’s collections.
Bourgie Hall: a unique concert venue
The Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art is also home to a 444-seat concert hall. Bourgie Hall features high-quality acoustics and a beautiful decor that includes a rare collection of Tiffany stained glass windows. Every year, it hosts over one hundred concerts and a wide range of educational and cultural activities related to music and the fine arts. It offers music lovers programming that reflects the Museum’s encyclopedic diversity.